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55 Inch Q60B QLED 4K Smart TV (2022) - 4K Processor With Alexa Built In & Dual LED Screen With 100% Colour Volume Display, Airslim Design, Object Tracking Sound, Super Ultrawide Gameview

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This input lag figure is about as low as it gets in the TV world, potentially giving you a critical advantage over people gaming on less rapid TVs. Note that you can, if you wish, sacrifice a little input lag, pushing it up to around 26ms, to get slightly better overall picture quality, by choosing the Faster or Fast rather than Fastest response time options. This is worth considering for games that aren’t as reliant on super-fast response times. Max light output HDR (high dynamic range) while displaying a live scene and white square taking up 10% of the screen (measured in Nits) The greyness can filter into colours in low-lit content too, making them look flatter than they do during bright scenes, as well as sometimes causing subtle shadow details to be squeezed out of the picture. The impact of its brightness with HDR footage can be felt in both the amount of full-screen brightness it can muster and the intensity it’s able to inject into small bright highlights – even if those highlights are within an already bright overall image.

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Max light output HDR (high dynamic range) while displaying a live scene and white square taking up 60% of the screen (measured in Nits) There’s support for Samsung’s Health system, too, which combines workout videos with Samsung’s Health App to let you establish wellness routines and try out premium exercise classes without having to leave your home. There is a basic version of Samsung’s Motion Xcelerator feature, which claims to predict and automatically compensate for frame rate fluctuations, but it’s hard to say from our time with the set that this really has much effect on the gaming experience. The Samsung Q60B makes a good first impression on two counts. First, it’s much brighter than the majority of TVs we see in this price category. Bright enough, in fact, to handle high dynamic range sources with genuine conviction – by which we mean that bright scenes, at least, actually look like genuine HDR rather than just like something that’s a bit better than SDR. Overall, though, there just isn’t enough power or dynamic range available to really get the sound out into your room as much as you’d like it to. Verdict

Some of the features available on the more premium QLED TVs do filter down to the Q60R with the Quantum 4K Processor and 4K AI Upscaling making an appearance, along with HDR10+, HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) and HDR10 high dynamic range capabilities.The Q60B offers three levels of input lag reduction. Since I couldn't see any difference in video quality between them, I went with "fastest," which scored a respectable 10 seconds with both 1080p and 4K HDR. I set up the 55-inch Samsung Q60B next to its direct competitor from Sony, as well as a less-expensive Fire TV and a TCL with superior picture quality specifications. Here's the lineup: Samsung's Game Bar shows status of frame rate, HDR and more, as well as offering picture settings for different genres (spoiler: they looked pretty much the same to me). James Martin/CNET

Playing the game I noticed color was more realistic and accurate on the Sony, and similar to the TCL and LG, while the Samsung appeared more saturated and garish. The Samsung again beat the non-TCL TVs for contrast and punch, handily, although to its credit the Sony revealed more details in the shadows, which is an advantage in dark games with lurking enemies. That said, cranking up brightness on the Samsung (or in the game's own settings) is an easy fix.

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The Samsung Q60R is the entry point to the 2019 QLED TV range and as such, it is available in screen sizes from 43 to 82-inches. The 43 and 49-inch screens are 60Hz VA panels and the 55-inch, which we are reviewing, along with the 65, 75 and 82-inch screens all sport 120Hz VA panels. All the TVs in the range are edge-lit from the bottom with global dimming. There is no local dimming with the Q60R. The story was similar to the challenging Spears and Munsil 4K HDR Benchmark montage on Blu-ray, where the Samsung looked a bit brighter than the Sony. Both outperformed the Omni, which showed less high-level detail in snowscapes, but the difference wasn't massive.

As with most TVs, the brightest mode (Dynamic in the Samsung's case) is horribly inaccurate. For the accurate results listed above I used Movie mode and I recommend X80K owners do the same to get good color in bright rooms. Note that with SDR, you may need to disable the ambient light sensor (Settings > Menu > Power and Energy Saving > Brightness Optimization > Off) to get full brightness. Subtitle and audio description information spoken on the electronic programme guide more info panel Subtitles and audio description information displayed on electronic programme guide programme banner There's also a selection of picture modes keyed to game genres, namely Standard, RPG, RTS, FPS, Sports, as well as a Custom mode that lets you adjust brightness, contrast and the rest manually. Cycling between the modes with Horizon: Forbidden West the differences were very subtle, with very slightly more shadow detail in FPS mode than the other modes: I saw bigger differences by far with similar modes on LG TVs.Percentage Luminance drop at 35 degree horizontal angle from the centre of the screen with 50% white output The Q60B’s picture hardware is driven by a Quantum Processor 4K lite system that seems to be more or less on a par with the Crystal processor found in Samsung’s non Quantum Dot TVs. Certainly, it doesn’t appear to have any of the machine learning/AI elements you get higher up Samsung’s TV range, with Samsung’s blurb on it only really talking about improved upscaling of sub-4K content and the ability to automatically adjust the sound profile to suit different content types. Samsung are known for their stunning design and the QE55Q60BAUXXU is no exception. Thanks to AirSlim, this TV is stunningly slim and sleek with a boundless design – giving you less TV and more picture. Smart TV Max light output HDR (high dynamic range) while displaying small white square taking up 10% of the screen (measured in Nits)

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